There are three sides to every story, they say, and there are probably more to most college basketball games we watch over the course of the season. But Tulane’s visit to the Barclays Center was a pretty simple case of not a lot going in favor of the Green Wave, even before they stepped into the NYC limits.
There was surprise, but not shock when St. John’s found itself down 15 at the half Friday night against Saint Mary’s at Carnesecca Arena. After all, it was about time the Jarvis Curse – you know, the one that hasn’t seen the Red Storm win an NCAA Tournament game in 15 years – showed up, skittish Johnnies fans had been dreading its arrival, but after an 8-1 start that included a win at the Carrier Dome over Syracuse, maybe it was in hibernation, at least? Continue reading
Judging by the spate of troubling news that afflicted St. John’s during the preseason, it was only natural to assume the Red Storm would again fail to reach the expectations set for the team since its core entered as freshmen four years ago.
St. John’s captured a 14-point victory over Dartmouth at Carnesecca Arena on Saturday, but the Red Storm are still 10-8 and winless during Big East play. The entire season has been characterized by new starting lineups and trying to fit together mismatched pieces. Continue reading
Another weekend, another triple-header at Barclays in Brooklyn, NY. College basketball fans could get used to this development. The first game of the Brooklyn Hoops Holiday Festival is the most intriguing locally with St. John’s taking on Columbia. Continue reading
A box score! This is how you dominate lesser competition. The Red Storm put up an offensive efficiency of 1.36 points per possession thanks to shooting 75.8% (44-58) on two-point attempts. Phil Greene put up a “perfect” 100% effective field goal percentage too. (8-10 overall, but 4-6 from three.) Also, for putting a bunch of new faces together in live game action for the first time a 12.3% turnover rate is great. Not so great? Allowing C.W. Post to score almost a point per possession (0.99) and only going to the free throw line 10 times against a team that was overmatched physically. But everyone needs something to work on. Right? (More from: Rumble in the Garden, Sweet Sweet Lavin.)